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post Sep 20 2014, 06:43 PM
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Hi Mad! Good job with this impro workout! I can notice the call/response thing and it has been very well done. The improvisation really makes sense, it sounds like a pre composed song and that's an awesome thing!! There is nothing to fix or improve based on this recording, just keep on making music. Experiment with the same backing and also using other backings in minor keys. Try to combine pentatonic with arpeggios and minor scale, but always keep the melody and music on the first place.

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post Sep 21 2014, 10:12 AM
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Thanks Gab smile.gif will continue exploring things within your course cool.gif !

Here's a recording for that song-intro-idea continued
Attached File  EmbraceTheDarkness_Full_1.mp3 ( 4.42MB ) Number of downloads: 81


Need to adjust the timing in the intro section though.. and it's not that heavy as I originally wanted tongue.gif
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post Sep 22 2014, 04:49 AM
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Awesome! You could convert that short intro into a full song!

I could say that the structure is close to this one:

Intro + Part A
Part B: Chords movements
Part C: Melody Variation
Part D: Distortion
Part E: Distortion + melody
Outro

I feel that the song structure and evolution are perfect. The repetitions are enough to get the feeling and not get tired of the part. You had a very strong intro and main melody and you have been very clever creating part B that has a more notable chords movement. It makes a great contrast with the previous part. Then, part C has even a more interesting chord progression that relates great with the previous one. When the part C was reaching the next one I was already thinking... ok, I will tell Mad that it would be cool if we have more distortion in any part, to make the song explode, and well, part D appeared and you make me swallow my words... laugh.gif

It's perfect mate! The next step would be to make the mix sound more organic. The distortion and drums more powerful and "real". But you have the most important thing: the composition.

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post Sep 22 2014, 12:18 PM
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You made my day biggrin.gif
I'm going to polish some things in terms of intro/outro and mixing, so that's gonna be our first song for the EP ? cool.gif

Here's an improvisation in Gm for week#4 ..
Attached File  ImprovGMin.mp3 ( 1.92MB ) Number of downloads: 49

It's just noodling around with minor arpeggios trying to land on chordal tones and some fiddling around with the pentatonic scale on 2 positions and Gminor scale 1st position.

Preparing some ideas for the next song, too biggrin.gif

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Hi Mad!! Yeah! This is the first track for your EP! smile.gif Let's polish those details and start working on a new idea. Feel free to post some ideas to choose the ones that are more promising and work on them.

About your improvisation, it sounds very tasty. Following the chords while you improvise is a great melodic training for your playing and also your ear. I feel that sometimes your phrasing becomes a bit repetitive "rhythmically", so I would try to create more varied rhythms. Other two details that could be added are more vibrato and dynamics while you play. Your tone has too much distortion, it has a great sustain but it makes your playing lack of dynamics. Try to generate more dynamics with your pick, and maybe setting a cleaner sound.

Please continue experimenting with this stuff and combine the other minor stuff shared during the course.

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Hi Mad! You shared this list of songs that include solos that you like.

Alter Bridge - Blackbird
Mastodon - Sleeping Giant
Mastodon - The Hunter
Mastodon - The Sparrow
Entombed A.D. - Second To None
Susperia - Devil May Care

During the next 3 weeks you will do this workout. You will learn 1 lick from one of this solos each day. It's very simple. Just 1 lick (or if you are brave 2). Learn it by ear, or use any tab from the web. Analyze the scale being used and the connection between the lick, the backing's tonality and the chords sounding. Transpose the lick to different keys, try it over different backings, creating variations and connecting it with other ideas of your own.

As I want you to really do this job, there other task is that at the end of the week you record and audio or video playing the 7 licks that you've learnt and share it here.

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Deal!

Have a good time in NYC biggrin.gif

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Hi Mad! I'm back! How are you? What are the news? How was your practice and your holidays? smile.gif


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Hey Gabriel! Nice to see you're back smile.gif

Yes, my holidays were great - always full of family activities, so no big time for practicing..
Hope you had a great time in NYC, will follow your news here in the forums biggrin.gif

But I did a recording for one mastodon solo..
https://soundcloud.com/mad-gmc/sleepinggiantsolo1
https://soundcloud.com/mad-gmc/sleepinggiantsolo2

Few timing problems, but I got the idea tongue.gif

currently I'm working on the blackbird solo (1st part)...

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Hey Mad! That's a very interesting solo! I prefer the take 2 of these ones which is tighter and more consistent. Could you find out what scale is using and what's happening in the chord progression?


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Thanks smile.gif

Well, the chord progression is Cm - Ab
the scale is C Melodic minor
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Awesome! It's cool to see that they experiment with scales that aren't commonly used in classic rock and metal. Now it makes sense that they sound unique and fresh.

Have you listened to Red Fang? I've been enjoying this music lately.

So well, what's the plan now?


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Yeah, I really like Red Fang - saw them live with Mastodon few years ago biggrin.gif they're killer!

Currently I'm working on the Blackbird solo and will upload a take soon.
And I really like your In Flames style lesson - so I'm working on that, too smile.gif

Maybe I'm picking up some lessons you suggested regarding working on techniques..

And that's it, so far (well, I'm working on songs/songwriting with my band, too biggrin.gif )..
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Awesome! Great to see you active and motivated! Looking forward your news. smile.gif


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Hey Gabriel!

Here's my ear-training homework biggrin.gif

1. P5
2. Maj3rd
3. P5
4. Oct
5. Maj3rd
6. P5
7. P5
8. Oct
9. Oct
10. Maj 3rd
11. Oct
12. Maj 3rd
13. Maj 3rd
14. P5
15. Oct
16. Oct
17. Maj 3rd
18. P5
19. Maj 3rd
20. P5
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Perfect Mad!! Well done! smile.gif


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Thanks smile.gif

2nd Assignment:

1. Major 3rd
2. Major 6th
3. Octave
4. Perfect 5th
5. Major 2nd
6. Major 7th
7. Major 6th
8. Major 2nd
9. Unison
10. Perfect 4th
11. Octave
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Hi Mad! This is perfect, well done! Was it tricky?



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Thanks Gab! No it was quite easy. But I always used my guitar to play along with the examples.. a few times I needed more than one try though. Is that OK?
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Yes, that's ok, but a good exercise for the next days would be to try to recognize these type of intervals without your guitar, just using your ear and voice. It would be very effective to keep on polishing your ear skills.


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